After two days of competition, two SEC quarterback commitments have graced the Elite 11 ranking.
The Elite 11 is a national competition that dates back to 1999, one in which the nation’s elite quarterbacks are invited to and assemble on the West Coast and compete for the honor of being the Elite 11 MVP, while also getting to mingle with their classmate ‘colleagues’ in the QB business. They also rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the QB business, mentors and coaches alike.
Missouri’s Drew Lock–a Tigers legacy–and recent Alabama QB commit Blake Barnett were ranked No. 2 and No. 4 after the first two days. Texas Tech commitment Jarrett Stidham–who at one point was a huge ‘Bama target–was ranked No. 1 after the first two days. The quarterbacks will now enter the larger camp, NIKE’s The Opening in Oregon, to see who performs the best. They will participate in 7-on-7 drills.
Texas A&M commitment Kyler Murray wasn’t in the top 11 after the first part of the Elite 11 competition, and neither was Florida pledge Sheriron Jones. Tennessee/Auburn target Torrance Gibson (who was listed as an ‘athlete’ by the camp on the roster prior to the competition, but competed in the first two days) wasn’t in the first 11. SEC targets like Sam Darnold (Tennessee offer) and Deondre Francois (offers from Auburn and Florida originally) are rated No. 9 and No. 10 so far.
Since 1999, SEC quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, Matt Stafford, Jamarcus Russell, A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray, Casey Clausen and Chris Leak have participated in the Elite 11 between their junior and senior years in high school.